Health Lovers Swear by This All-Natural Xanax Alternative

Kelsey Clark

Happy Wednesday! Welcome back to our Take 5 column, where we invite you to take a hump-day break with the week’s most revitalizing lifestyle stories. Ready for a breather?


Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Take 1: If the holidays are already stressing you out…

Try L-theanine, which has been dubbed the all-natural alternative to Xanax by Well+Good. Studies have linked the amino acid to feelings of calmness, relaxation, and concentration—everything you're probably lacking around this time of year. You can either drink it in a Just Chill beverage or take it in capsule form.

Take 2: If you're currently on the job hunt…

New app Opportunity is basically the Tinder for job hunting. Simply plug in your location, industry, and interests to see and pursue the job listings and networking events in your area. 

Take 3: If you're way too busy to plan a Friendsgiving…

Uber and IKEA have you covered. If you live in New York City, hail an Uber this upcoming Saturday, November 19, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for your chance to receive a free dining kit complete with IKEA tableware, recipes, and ingredients for six.

Take 4: If you never have time for a morning cup of coffee…

A new travel mug from Any Café will upgrade your morning routine. Outfitted with a Keurig-style single-serve pod in the cap, the Any Café Travel Brewer makes your cup of coffee during your morning commute. This may be the best holiday gift ever.

Take 5: If you're really into the no-bake trend this season…

You need these 20 no-bake pie recipes from Camille Styles in your life. From the traditional pumpkin pie to the more inventive s'mores pie, all 20 of Styles's quick and easy recipes will make you the hit of your Friendsgiving.

Your afternoon pick-me-up:

Liven up your hump day with one of the best holiday drink recipes on Pinterest. Pick your poison and share your favorite drink with us below!

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